Boiling Springs, N.C. – The Presbyterian College volleyball team picked up their second five-set victory in as many days on Saturday night, defeating Gardner-Webb by a score of 25-18, 25-15, 18-25, 21-25, and 15-12. The Blue Hose were led by sophomore Sydney De Jong, with her 15 kills to pace the team and an incredible .571 hitting percentage. The Blue Hose are now 4-0 in Big South play in 2018. PC is now out to its best start in conference play since 2012.
PC’s pair of Erin’s, junior Erin Eulitz and freshman Erin Cooke, were also a large part of the Blue Hose victory with each recording a double-double. Cooke followed just behind De Jong with 14 kills and also tallied 15 assists. Eulitz picked up 10 kills and 10 digs. Sophomore Sierra Jones continued her role as the main distributor for the PC offense, collecting 31 assists on the night. Redshirt junior Daley Gosnell led the squad with 19 digs on the night. Sophomore Allie Wright and freshman Lauren Talbert chipped in with nine and seven kills, respectively.
The Blue Hose were able to take control of the match early on, winning both the first and second sets by a rather large margin. In the first set, leading 11-9, PC would score 12 of the next 16 points to grow the lead to 23-13. The Runnin’ Bulldogs rally would fall short and PC would take the set, 25-18.
In the second set, the Blue Hose would keep that momentum, jumping out to a 9-5 lead before Gardner-Webb would call a timeout. PC would add some breathing room with another 9-5 run before GWU called their second timeout of the set. The Runnin’ Bulldogs would once again try to stage a last second rally, but they fell short as PC won the final two points of the set for a 25-15 set victory.
After Gardner-Webb rebounded and downed the Blue Hose in the third and fourth sets, it came down to the fifth and final set. PC quickly took a 3-0 advantage, but Gardner-Webb clawed to even the set at five. The Blue Hose were able to get the lead to four, 11-7, before GWU called a timeout. The Runnin’ Bulldogs were able to bring the deficit to one, 11-10, but that would be as they would get. PC grabbed four of the final six points to take the set and the match.
The Blue Hose will hit the road once again on Tuesday night as they head to Charleston Southern. That match will be streamed as part of the Big South Network on ESPN+. The match will begin at 6:00 p.m. For Blue Hose news and updates, be sure to follow PC Volleyball on Twitter, @BlueHoseVolley.